Running out of elf set up ideas to keep them entertained between now and Christmas?
Want some fun and creative inspiration to get you through lockdown and like the idea of supporting small businesses in the process? Then you’ve come to the right place!
With most of the country in some sort of lockdown and after a tough year for so many small businesses we’ve teamed up with digital design company Design Bundles, who offered to do all the elf setup thinking for us by sending us everything needed for 12 days of Christmas fun featuring activities inspired by products from their website.
We all know an elf is for life, not just for Christmas, and as a sleep deprived mum of four with a new baby in the house this year the truth is I need all the help I can get on the elf setup front! As well everything needed for 12 elf setups Design Bundles also sent us Elvis the Elf, our very own elf in isolation who arrived quarantined ahead of being let loose around the house!
If you haven’t heard of Design Bundles before they help families, card makers, Etsy sellers, Cricut lovers and crafters access digital designs including printables and svgs (that’s a scalable vector graphic), either for free or at a heavily discounted price.
So, if you’re running out of elf steam and you’d like the thinking done for you too, and if you like the idea of helping out some small businesses in the run up to Christmas here are 12 fun and creative elf setup ideas for Christmas 2020!
12 fun & creative elf setup ideas for Christmas 2020
1. Let’s bake!
- A small bag of flour
- An elf footprint stencil (ours came from Super Sweet Party)
- A baking kit (ours came from Craft + Crumb, whose kits fit through your letterbox)
- A customised oven glove (you’ll find wording like this one on the Design Bundles website)
Use the footprint stencil and dust the flour over the top. Arrange Elvis alongside the baking kit and oven glove. Get baking and get festive!
I just love Craft + Crumb’s little gingerbread man set – along with a mini cutter you’ll get everything you need to make bite-size gingerbread men (and women!)
2. Let’s sew!
- A small face mask (ours came from Cutey Facemasks)
- Fabric squares
- PVA glue
Put the mask on Elvis. Surround him with the fabric, glue and string. Have a go at making masks and clothes!
3. Let’s colour!
- Kids colouring pages
- Pack of pens or pencils
If colouring keeps your kids entertained for ages then this one’s for you (there are loads of printables to choose from at Design Bundles, many of which are free). Arrange the elf with the colouring and pens. Enjoy at least half an hour of peace and quiet when they find them!
4. Christmas card making
- A tiny Christmas card (ours came from Big Dog And Co)
- Card & envelope
- Card decorations
Just like the colouring, arrange the card materials next to Elvis. Place the tiny card in his hands.
Watch their faces when they open the tiny card and enjoy more peace and quiet while they make their own (if you’re in need of inspiration you’ll find lots on the card making page of Design Bundles).
5. Decoration making
- A fillable glass bauble (ours came from Miriam Emerton)
- Fake snow
Lay the materials next to Elvis for the kids to find and have fun making a new bauble for the Christmas tree!
We downloaded a free boohoo rainbow clipart file from Design Bundles where there are lots of fab svgs to choose from and chose a rainbow we liked – because 2020 has been all about the rainbow!
We printed it out, then cut heart shapes out of the rainbow and wrote positive words we associate with 2020 on each heart.
We put the fake snow inside the bauble, placed our hearts on top and hung it on the tree as a reminder that 2020 hasn’t been all doom and gloom after all!
6. Scavenger hunt
- A scavenger hunt printable
- A pouch of snowflake confetti
Scatter the snowflake confetti by a door (I put ours next to our elf door). Place Elvis next to the scavenger hunt printable. Enjoy a cup of tea hot for once while they go scavenging around the house!
7. Letter to Santa
- A letter to Santa template
- A Christmas pen (ours came from The Pensnickety Co)
If they haven’t already written letters to Santa now’s the time to do it – and remind them to be on their best behaviour if they want to make it onto his good list! Place Elvis next to your letter template (there are lots of different designs to choose from at Design Bundles) along with the pen on a desk. Watch their faces when they discover it in the morning!
8. Window display
- Scandi house window stencils (ours came from Stickerscape)
- Blu tack
- Patterned paper
Lay all the materials next to Elvis. Spread festive cheer to neighbours and passers-by by decorating your windows with a winter scene!
We used the patterned paper to make snowflakes which kept the kids occupied for ages!
- A mini box of chocolates
- Coloured card
Elvis loves giving presents and here’s an elf size one for the kids! Use the pens from previous setups to write Elvis a thank you card!
10. An act of kindness!
- Elvis’s acts of kindness ideas sheet
- A little bit of flour
This one’s all about thinking of others in the run up to the big day. Lay the paper on a table or counter top. Make a ‘snow angel’ using Elvis and the flour. Encourage the kids to think about how they can be kind to others as Christmas approaches.
11. A Christmas table for Santa
- A milk bottle for Santa (ours came from Phoenix And Bell)
- A place mat for Elvis
- Blank card
- A shiny pen
It’s time to start thinking about the Christmas table – and this one’s all about making placemats! Sit Elvis with the milk bottle and straw and everything needed to make your place mats.
- A small confectionery pot
- A bag of popcorn
- A sheet of wrapping paper
- A Christmas gift tag
- Recyclable washi tape
If you’ve got lots of wrapping to do here’s your opportunity because Elvis wants to do his while watching a Christmas film! Sit Elvis on the sofa with the TV remote. Put the popcorn into the confectionery pot with Elvis’s hand reaching in. Place the wrapping paper, tag and tape next to him and you’re good to go!
Do you have any more fun and creative elf setup ideas? I’d love to hear what they are!
This post was written in paid partnership with Design Bundles. For more information on their bundles click here.
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